From my friend Larry Correia, who, among other things, is a former accountant and auditor and knows something about “red flags” and audits:
I’m seeing lots of outrage this morning because Trump called the GA SoS and told him to do his job and find fraudulent votes. So there’s a great deal of pearl clutching about what an outrageous threat to democracy this is, so on and so forth. Only this post isn’t about Trump being a dick or not. Trump being a dick does not mean fraud didn’t happen. Do not let your personal like/dislike of Trump determine if something else actually happened. If a crime was committed against someone you like/dislike, that doesn’t determine whether the crime happened or not. Set aside your feelings about the subject and look at the data.
Specifically, in the call the SoS said it was impossible to find that many fraudulent votes, and as an example he specifically named Matt Braynard, and said that Braynard claimed 5k dead people voted, but GA only found two. However on that the SoS is either lying or an idiot, because that was not in Braynard’s report (I’ve shared the link here before). Braynard is the Voter Integrity guy who used to work for Frank Luntz, who did all the phone sampling.
In reality, Matt Braynard specifically said he DID NOT find evidence of dead people voting in GA. However, IIRC he found over double the number of fraudulent votes Trump was claiming off of people who voted with obviously fake addresses (including UPS stores and PO Boxes with the box number being disguised as “apt”) and verifiable things like people who no longer lived in GA who could be documented as having moved, still voting in GA (and when he called them, them saying they did not vote in GA, yet someone still cast a ballot in their name there). Braynard documented all of these people and delivered his data to the authorities in GA. He has the receipt of having delivered this to them.
So you have verifiable, auditable data indicating fraud, in numbers far greater than the margin of victory. This information was gathered by a private citizen (while the actual government investigators did placebo recounts or meaningless spot checks in places not in question) and this private citizen has made his data available to the government to be checked for accuracy.
Yet, when pressed about this auditable data, the person in charge of investigating it either lied to the president, or was totally unaware of what was actually in the report. Either possibility is damning. The report was not about dead people voting in GA, in fact the report specifically said they had found no evidence of that in GA in any statistically significant amount. Braynard talked about that during the summary video and then pressed on into the statistically significant data which could be tracked down instead.
So people can get all butt hurt this morning about how uncouth it is for Trump to angry call a secretary of state to tell him to do his damned job all they want. However, that doesn’t change the fact the SoS hasn’t done his job.
From an auditing perspective, the information Braynard gathered is something that could be investigated, quantified, and verified by state investigators. Instead, the SoS says there’s nothing there, because there’s no evidence of something entirely different.
That’s asinine. That’s like calling the cops and saying I’ve got video of this guy committing a burglary, you should check that out. And them saying, naw, it’s all good, because the building didn’t burn down there was no arson. Well no shit, sherlock, I’m calling about a burglary.
But don’t worry, once again our watchdog media will make sure to focus on how Orangeman is uncouth, rather than the parts with the crime.
In addition to being a former auditor, subject matter expert on all things firearms, and other things, Larry is an excellent writer. You might check out his Grimnoir series that starts with the book Hard Magic: